ERIC Number: ED399678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Expecting Excellence; Creating Order out of Chaos in a School District.
Shipengrover, Judith A.; Conway, James A.
In the wake of the educational reform efforts of the 1980s, researchers sought to identify the characteristics of effective schools. This book describes the reform efforts of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda (Ken-Ton) Union Free School District, which is located outside Buffalo, New York. Data were obtained from observations; document analysis; and interviews with administrators, teachers, support staff, board of education members, and external consultants. Part 1 describes in detail the evolution of the district's improvement initiative, with a focus on understanding the process of the school improvement program (SIP). Chapter 1 provides an overview of the district environment and participants' perceptions of the first steps leading to implementation of the SIP. Chapter 2 describes the conceptual framework of the school-improvement model adopted by the district. The third chapter describes practices used by the district to develop its guiding conceptualization. Chapter 4 describes the 4-year stage during which the staff overcame their skepticism. The fifth chapter describes the third stage of the initiative, during which the SIP philosophy became an accepted standard practice. At the end of the third stage (after 11 years), the district applied for and won the New York State Excelsior Award, an award based on the philosophy of Total Quality Management (TQM). Chapter 6 relates the results of the self-assessment process that required the district to examine and document its actions using TQM criteria. Part 2 examines the transformation of the Ken-Ton School District from the perspective of five conceptual frameworks. Four are drawn from Bolman and Deal's writings on structural, human resource, political, and symbolic frames, and the fifth perspective comes from chaos and complexity theory. Eight figures are included. (Contains 122 references). (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Organizational Change, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Politics of Education, Public Schools, School Effectiveness, School Restructuring, Total Quality Management
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